4.16.2014

SPRING BREAK 2014 - MEXICO

Well, it's only taken me a week and a half to get back to normal after our Spring Break trip. .

Our trip to Mexico started off with a little snafu. 
We had this trip planned for quite some time. 
About a month before the trip, my husband found out he had to be in Milwaukee for work,
four of the seven days we were planning to be in Mexico. 
There was no getting around it. 
We tried to arrange for him to come down for the last couple days of the trip, 
but the difference in airfare didn't make financial sense. 

So off to Mexico I went with these three......


Oh, and we met my sister, her family and my parents in the Charlotte airport.  
After a six hour delay, and a little time at the airport bar with my sister, 
all eleven of us continued onto Mexico.


We rented this house
It was AMAZING! 
It was big enough for everyone to spread out and have space, 
but it also had several common areas where we could all hang out together. 


Our trip consisted of plenty of adventure and tons of relaxation. 
I think I can speak for most everyone, especially the kids, 
that one of the most memorable parts of the trip was our day trip to Xel-Ha, an ecological water park. 
Everyone had so much fun.  

Most everyone zip-lined and it was a blast. 
Even my mother did it!
That's me at the top.  Don't worry, I'm not scared out of mind, just screaming my nephew's name. 


Later in the week, we visited the ruins in Telum. 
We left the little guys at home with my dad and brother-in-law.
We were afraid they would be bored and tire easily touring the ruins. 
Wish we would have brought them along.
The tour was short and sweet and they definitely could have hung in there. 


Just outside the ruins was a fabulous beach. The little guys would have especially loved this part.


Other than those two outings and a golf day for the guys, 
we just hung around the house and relaxed. 


and kayaked in the bay.......


and swam in the pool.....


and did a lot of hammock hanging....


and cousin time......


And then there were those really sweet moments.
Like when my five year old niece collected shells with tiny holes in them. 
  And with the help of her daddy, 
made all her classmates palm leaves and shell necklaces. 
And when my middle son wrote his daddy a message in the sand 
and asked me to take a picture and send it to him. 
And when my youngest son found the most perfect heart shaped piece of coral 
on a walk with my mom and brought it back for me. 


Lastly, I just couldn't resist turning a few of my favorite vacations pictures into water colors 
via the Waterlouge app. 

It was certainly a vacation to remember. 
I will cherish those memories with my family forever. 

Now that our kids have their passports, they are ready to travel the world. 
I am already looking forward to our next adventure!

4.08.2014

BAR CART IN THE BEDROOM

Sorry I fell of the grid again.  I always appreciate when readers email me to make sure I'm okay.  
Just had a case of "too much on my plate".  
We went to Mexico last week for Spring Break.  
Going away for a week and trying to wrap up all the loose ends before leaving makes me a little crazy!

We are home again and back in our routines.  
A grand time was had by all.  I'll share some pictures later this week.  

Now, onto the bar cart in the bedroom.....


 I found this little gem in a thrift shop a few months ago.  It was $7.50.
I snagged it right up.


It's quite imperfect, which is perfect for me. 


I moved it around the house for a while trying to find the best spot for it. 
Turns out the best spot for the bar car happens to be my eleven year old daughter's room.


Oh, and I got this fabulous lamp last week at Goodwill for $3.00. Already had the shade. 
I went in to drop off the leftovers from my tag sale (more on that later too).
When I am within a half mile of a thrift store, I can't help but pop it. 
So clearly it makes sense that I would drop off a ton of stuff I don't need and
then buy more stuff I don't need.  I've got problems, people. 


Clearly this bar cart is not stocked with liquor and glassware. 


 Just a few essentials for a little tween girl - 
a bible,  a devotional, pretty flowers, books, souvenirs, and a picture of friends. 





The perfect spot for an imperfect piece. 


For now, anyway.  Who knows where it will end up.
Did I mention I have problems?


So tell me.  Could you, would you, put a bar cart in your child's room?

3.20.2014

OUT AND ABOUT

I have been on an "Out and About" spree lately.  Mostly, shopping for clients.  
It's always nice to spend other people's money!  My husband whole heartedly agrees. 

Here are a few things that caught my eye.....

This 5x8 dhurrie rug from Homegoods would be perfect just about anywhere. 


Moving onto Home Emporium (one of my favorite stores). 
This rug had my heart going pitter patter.  
I snapped a picture and immediately sent it to a friend.
I knew it would be perfect for her family room.


She agreed!  Here is the rug in its new home.
Isn't it lovely?


I always pause at a good pair of chairs. 
Loved the look of these, but they sit straight up.  Not so comfy. 


This pair was definitely more comfortable and I like the neutral linen upholstery. 


There were several of these leather chairs. Very masculine leather, but the feminine lines are so pretty.


This one is a little more substantial. 
I was digging the distressed leather. 


Pretty glass bottles ($29 each).


I know I have blogged about these poufs before, but they had a whole big pile of them last week.
$99 is a great price too.  They are quite a big bigger than the ones you see at Target.


I don't have a place for these over-dyed patchwork pillows, but I'm a big fan. ($39 each)


This would be SWEET over a pool table.


I was tempted to buy one of these, but couldn't quite figure out what I would use it for.  ($29)


They had several of these large dining tables. I like the look of them, but the wood was very uneven.  
I was picturing many spilled drinks.


This little love seat wasn't the softest, but the lines are pretty and tufting always draws my attention. 


I am always tempted by the beautiful things I see when out and about.
Lately, I have been practicing restraint.
I need to focus on getting rid of some of the beautiful things I already own. 

I am planning to have my "Tag Sale" this Saturday from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
I will have several lamps, lamp shades, chairs, other furniture, rugs, picture frames, etc. for sale.
I already responded to those who expressed interest in coming, but if you want to stop 
by to take a look, email me here and I will give you more details.

Oh, and speaking of being out and about, my husband and I 
went to a concert on a school night last night, the Southern Soul Assembly.
It was A-MAZING.
I have been to a lot of concerts in my lifetime and this was one of my all time favorites. 
If the show is coming to a city near you, go see it!



3.18.2014

SILVER AND GOLD

Mixing metals is always a great idea.   
I know this used to be frowned upon, but nowadays, it is a big part of a good design.
Silver or brushed nickel was very popular for a while, then oil rubbed bronze took over.
In case you didn't know, brass is back. 
I, for one, sure hope it is here to stay.  

We have mixed metals all over our home, 
but just recently I made a few changes in the master bathroom that include mixing silver and gold.


This Pottery Barn silver towel bar has been here since the mater bathroom renovation 
was done back in 2009. I added the two botanicals in black and gold frames.
I also added the small demilune table that I "rub n' buffed".


There is not a ton of space between the tub and the wall, but the small demilune fits
perfectly and makes for a nice spot to park a glass of wine while taking a bath.



Lastly, I added a silver soap dish and one of my favorite pictures of the kids.
Ah, those sweet little smiles and big fat cheeks.


I don't want to insinuate that silver and bronze are not cool.  
I have plenty of silver, bronze and gold all over my home. 
First, second or third place metals are all winners in my book. 

How about you.  Are you a fan of mixing metals?

3.14.2014

HAVE A SEAT

No really, just pick a seat.  
There are plenty to choose from. 
I mentioned in this post that I counted the chairs in our home and came up with 37.  
Now, just to clarify, that does included dining chairs and two child size chairs. 

Here is a look at the "chair situation" in our home. 

We have owned this chair for a long time. 
It was originally dark brown wicker and I painted it with BM Kingsport Gray.


I ordred these two swivel/gliders a couple of years ago. 
They are a bit hit with the kids, since they are similar to a merry-go-round.


Still loving these bentwoods that I recovered recently. 


Here is a shot which includes quite a few chairs. 
I picked up the two floral chairs at a consignment shop. 
They work perfectly in "The Nook".


I have four of these vintage school chairs sprinkled around the house. 
One now resides in the foyer. 


My ghost chair was a steal from Craigslist. 


There is a whole lot of chairs going on in here. 
We have the yard sale wingbacks I had reupholstered, 
the wicker and chrome chairs I found on Craiglist 
and the rattan and chrome chairs I got from an estate sale. 
Mixed together, they make one big happy chair family.


The black Eames chair I found at an outdoor antique show is still residing in the office.


These two beauties, which also came from an estate sale are currently living in the basement. 
I love these chairs, but I still don't have a place for them.  Might have to get rid of them soon.


Moving upstairs, the boys have two red tolix-like chairs in their room. 
They came from Kroger, of all places. 


Another vintage school chair fits right in at my daughter's desk.


This chair was another thrift store find that I painted and had reupholstered. 


Lastly, this thrift store find makeover in our master bedroom.


Full disclosure, there are a few more chairs living in chair/lamp purgatory the basement 
and four more on the third floor. 
I also have quite a few barstools, lamps, frames and art that I need to let go of. 
I'm thinking of having a tag sale soon. 
Not to be confused with a yard/garage sale.  
I've done that before and the last time, I vowed never to do it again. 
If you are local and would be interested in coming to the tag sale, send me an email here.
Date and time TBD. 

Thank you so much for being loyal readers and I hope you have a fabulous weekend.
For some reason, my husband has decided he really wants to take the kids to the circus this weekend. 
I volunteered to stay home and get our taxes together.  The lesser of two evils, in my opinion.